Wednesday, 8 November 2017

ADLG: Northern League (Manchester)

It's been a while since I wrote a competition report. In fact it's over two years! My last report was in July 2015 for the Stoke Challenge.

I didn't realise it had been so long. Anyway, last Sunday I finally got myself organised and played in the final round of the Northern League ADLG competition. It did feel like jumping in at the deep end. Prior to Sunday I'd only played one other game of ADLG.

Even so I enjoyed the day and I'd like to thank all my opponents who put up with my stupid questions and total inability to work out even the most basic shooting and combat factors.

Date05 November 2017
CompetitionNorthern League 5th Round
VenueManchester
ArmyIlkhanid Mongol with a Cilician Armenian Ally
Army listList details
Army number255
Army date1260 AD
ResultsOfficial results grid

This army was a favourite of mine when I used to play Field of Glory (FOG). The allied spear and knights add another dimension to a straight Mongol army. Although not exactly a killer army it offers both quality and maneuverability. For these games I took brilliant generals to allow me to exploit the latter and to compensate for the fact that I'm new to ADLG.

Overall my approach worked but I must do more to learn the basic factors. My inability to do this bordered on the embarrassing. My "process sheets" weren't as helpful as I'd hoped. Their preparation meant I was ready to play but most are still too complex to use in competitive play. However, the set up sheet was both usable and useful.

As to the games themselves here's a summary of what happened:

  • In the first game I was able to out manoeuvre three blocks of elephants and spear. The game timed out when I was one point from breaking my opponent. My reward for this was to face yet another elephant army!
  • In the next game I was far too aggressive and went for some elite heavy cavalry to open up a flank. I just couldn't shift them. They killed nearly everything I threw at them: no wonder I lost!
  • Finally, I faced a medieval knight army with spear and foot with two handed weapons. Again I tried to work a flank but, with one flank secure against a coast and the other almost against the baseline, it was hard work.

The last two games showed me that I need to be more patient with this army but as it turned out I did enough to avoid last place in the 2017 competition. Did I hear someone say fluke?

Read on for photos of my opponents, army & game details, and the individual results.

Game #1



OppositionAndy Wallace & Martin Routh
ArmyKhmer Empire with a Burmese Ally
Army number167
Army date1200 AD
InitiativeYes
My PostureDefender
TerrainSteppe
Game time01:45
Attrition24 to 17
DecisiveNo
Points53 - 41
ResultWinning draw

Game #2



OppositionDave Wengraf
ArmyClassical Indian
Army number79
Army date320 AD
InitiativeNo
TerrainForest
My PostureAttacking
Game time01:50
Attrition8 to 24
DecisiveYes
Points16 - 94
ResultLost

Game #3



OppositionAndy McKay
ArmyMedieval Hungarian
Army number238
Army date1442 AD
InitiativeNo
My PostureDefender
TerrainMountains
Game time2:10
Attrition7 to 16
DecisiveNo
Points40 - 49
ResultLosing draw

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